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Wanted man shot by officers in Prince George County

Posted at 6:04 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 23:16:50-04

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY, Va. -- A wanted man suffered non-life-threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon after an officer-involved shooting in Prince George County.

Police say the incident began at approximately 4:05 p.m., in a parking lot in the 2000 block of Waterside Road, when members of the Prince George County Police Department attempted to execute an arrest warrant originating from the City of Petersburg.

Police say the suspect, identified as a 20-year-old Colonial Heights man, was also the subject of an on-going Prince George County investigation involving guns, drugs, and a prior high-speed police pursuit.

Dramatic cell phone video shows the incident which happened between a Lowe's store and the Virginia Eye Institute in the Waterside Commons shopping center.

“The officers had positioned their vehicles around the Dodge Charger to effect an arrest, when the driver of the Dodge began ramming the police vehicles. The Dodge was able to push its way out and fled the parking lot, said a Virginia State Police spokesperson. “The Dodge came through an intersection, hit a stop sign, and then spun up an embankment. When officers pursued the vehicle on foot, the vehicle attempted to charge the officers. The officers fired at the vehicle, striking the windshield and the driver.”

Prince George Police say preliminarily, they have determined that five shots were fired by the officers. He was struck once.

The suspect was transported by ambulance to Southside Regional Medical Center with a non-life-threatening injury. No officers were injured during the shooting.

Police say a handgun was recovered from the suspect vehicle following the shooting.

CBS 6 is not releasing the suspect's name at this time, but we have learned that the suspect has 32 previous charges in Petersburg alone, including robbery and weapons charges.

Virginia State Police are conducting the investigation related to the officers involved shooting by the request of Prince George Police. State police says the investigation into the shooting remains ongoing at this time.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy.

Stay with CBS 6 for the latest on this developing story.